Training effective Afghan Teachers

 
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A Teacher Training Workshop
A Teacher Training Workshop

All of us at Creating Hope International (CHI) and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) want to thank our donors for supporting our teacher training programs. Through the first six months this year, we trained 973 teachers, 80% of whom were female. As of June, we have hosted 68 workshops and seminars for teachers to hone their skills, with many more taking place in the coming months. Teachers are being trained in techniques that help students learn more and think critically, but are also getting training in topics that make them better-rounded as educators in general. Attending workshops in leadership, human rights, ethics, security, even topics in effectively educating adults, our teachers are learning new and innovative ways to bring education to their students.

In April, AIL held a week-long technique seminar for about 50 teachers in a relatively remote area outside of Kabul. This particular technique seminar covered a wide range of topics, from how to teach math to how to create tests for students that stimulate critical thinking. Overall, the seminar was very well received and we received a lot of feedback from the teachers. One of the participants had this to say about the seminar:

First of all I want to thank the AIL trainers for conducting a seminar in this remote area and teaching us the methods which are necessary for teachers. We want to thank them especially for preparing the lesson plan. Their methods of teaching ‘group work’ and ‘practical work’ were interesting. The teachers who are newly hired really benefit from the ideas of the experienced teachers.”

Another teacher expressed his pleasure with the outcome of the seminar:

We feel big changes in our teaching style, especially in our methodology of instruction.”

We have a large number of workshops being scheduled for the next 12 months, including training seminars in techniques and specialization. A relatively new program that we are helping to pioneer is the use of mobile phones to teach Afghan women and children how to read and write. Fifteen teachers have already been trained in Herat and AIL is planning to train another group in Kabul. Again, we want to thank you all so much for your support! 

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receiving her hood at Princeton
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receiving her hood at Princeton

So many wonderful things have happened for the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in the last few weeks, and we’re very excited to share a few of them with you. 

First, on Tuesday the Executive Director of AIL, Sakena Yacoobi received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Princeton University. The official citation reads: 

With a profound reverence for the well-being of others, this visionary leader devotes her life to the empowerment of poor Afghan women and children. With an unwavering commitment to social justice, against all odds, and often at great personal risk, she built and sustains an institute that makes healthcare and education possible for the most vulnerable. It owes its success in establishing clinics, teaching children, and training educators and caregivers to the deep and lasting ties she has forged with the people she serves and with global communities of care. After decades of work, she is still creating hope, in her home country and throughout the world. 

Additionally, AIL has had two articles posted at The Huffington Post. The first focuses on AIL’s belief that Education Is the Way to a Healthier Country

The second article details AIL’s Mobile Literacy Program, giving details of how adding texting to a traditional literacy curriculum helped to accelerate the pace of learning. 

Finally, tomorrow is a Global Giving Matching Day, and because AIL is a superstar partner, all donations will be matched at 50%! Matching will begin at 9:00 am EST and funds generally run out after just a few hours.To select a project that you might like to donate to, visit AIL’s page on GlobalGiving

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Women's Networking Movement

The Afghan Institute of Learning is very excited to have been given the opportunity to blog at Huffington Post! Our first blog about the Women’s Networking Movement taking place in some of AIL’s centers has been posted. The Women’s Networking Movement is taking place in about 30 of AIL’s centers, schools and clinics. The women coming to these centers are sharing thoughts and ideas in ways that have not been possible until recently. 

To learn more about the Women’s Networking Movement, check out our blog at Huffington Post

Creating Hope International, AIL’s partner, has set up a Facebook page where we will be sharing more news, pictures and information about AIL’s programs. Make sure that you ‘Like’ Creating Hope International on Facebook to get all the latest news! 

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Recent Teaching Training Workshop
Recent Teaching Training Workshop

All of us at Creating Hope International (CHI) and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support of training Afghan teachers. We’ve had a very successful year thus far and we are looking forward to the months ahead. Thanks to your support, we are able to hold training seminars and workshops for the teachers at our centers to make them more effective in methodology, student retention, and technique. 

In 2012, we held 130 teacher training workshops and seminars reaching some 1,478 teachers, 1,229 of which were female. These workshops covered topics such as technique, leadership, and health. They also offered teachers individual specialization seminars for courses like Arabic, English, mathematics, testing methods, computer technology, and problem solving just to name a few. AIL also sponsored 96 other training seminars open to teachers as well as students; these trainings reached over 4,000 Afghans. They trained students in a variety of subjects including social justice, health, and leadership. Participants in these seminars are making a real difference in their communities by taking up leadership roles and working to transform people’s lives.

Thanks to donations like yours, we have been able to train teachers to be more capable at teaching students relevant materials in a focused, energetic, and methodologically sound manner. Students in our centers are learning more because they have superior teachers who are very competent and possess a large base of knowledge. We have goals to reach even more teachers this year because it is so evident how effective these training are. Again, we wish to thank you for your support!

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) and Creating Hope International (CHI) would like to wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons.  As you celebrate with those you love, please take a moment to look at CHI’s yearly newsletter, which we’ve attached to this report. As you will see, 2012 has been a transformative year for AIL and CHI. After years of working tirelessly to provide education, training and healthcare to Afghans, we are beginning to see a real change. The minds of those AIL works with are being opened to the possibility of a peaceful Afghan society. 

AIL is in the process of finalizing a 5 year funding plan, which will be put into place beginning in 2013. We are looking forward to sharing the details of this plan with you soon, and hope that you will find it in your heart to give generously to help us reach our goal. The people of Afghanistan are making great strides, but our work is not done yet. Instead of backing down, we need to push ahead and continue to give Afghans the tools they need to create a more peaceful country. We are hoping that we can count on you to help continue our work. 

The women are beginning to see that through education they can have a better life, and are insisting on educating their children. They are taking charge of their health, and we are seeing more and more women requesting workshops on pre-natal issues as well as reproductive health. AIL is encouraged to see so many Afghan women looking forward to a brighter future and is planning to be there to help the women lead the way to the Afghanistan of their dreams. 


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Sakena Yacoobi

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Dearborn, Michigan United States

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